One Hour Photo

Release Date: August 21, 2002
Limited release

One Hour Photo

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One Hour Photo is one of three 2002 films in which Robin Williams takes on darker roles than usual. In March, he plays a former children's show host out to extract revenge against his replacement in Death to Smoochy, and he takes on the role of a murder suspect in Insomnia. In One Hour Photo, Williams portrays Seymour "Sy" Parris, a quiet, lonely technician at a local SavMart one-hour photo lab. Sy begins to build a fantasy life for himself as "Uncle Sy" to a family of regular customers as he idealizes them from their photos. Gradually, his obsession turns to stalking, and when Sy comes to understand that the family is not as perfect as he imagined them to be, he takes chilling steps to make things the way he believes they should be.

Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) and Michael Vartan (Never Been Kissed) co-star as the mother and father who are the target of Sy's "affections". Also appearing are Gary Cole (The Brady Bunch Movie) and ER's Eriq La Salle. Mark Romanek, who is previously known for his work on music videos for artists such as Fiona Apple, Beck and Madonna, directed and wrote the screenplay.

This film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and is distributed by Fox Searchlight. It has already had its release date pushed back twice (first from September 28, 2001 to December of 2001, then from December to April of 2002) and its grim and arty feel may be better suited to a limited release. We'll have a better indication of how audiences will accept Williams as the heavy once Death to Smoochy hits theaters, which may make One Hour Photo a film to keep on radar. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

April 8, 2002
Initially planned for April of 2002, One Hour Photo is now set for an August release. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for One Hour Photo
Main Cast Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, Dylan Smith, Eriq LaSalle, Erin Daniels
Supporting Cast Peter Mackenzie, Carmen Mormino, Andrew A. Rolfes, Robert Clotworthy, Megan Corletto, Noah Forrest, Nick Searcy
Director Mark Romanek
Screenwriter Mark Romanek
Distributor Fox Searchlight
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 96 minutes
Screen Count 1,332
Awards Awards page for One Hour Photo
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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